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July 26, 2009 at 4:06 PM

Not quite the scoreboard watching the Seattle Mariners had in mind this weekend

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Just when you thought yesterday’s scoreboard photo was bad, here’s another one even worse from today.
The Mariners capped a weekend of futility against the Cleveland Indians, going down 12-3 in true crash-and-burn fashion.
For the weekend, the M’s were outscored 31-6 by a team than came in with the AL’s worst record. Guess that trade deadline quandry for the M’s has been solved.
One concern for the Mariners going forward has to be exactly who will pitch games for them.


Erik Bedard is on the DL and won’t be available for another two weeks at best. Jason Vargas went only four-plus innings today, giving the Mariners seven innings total out of their two starters the last two days.
That’s not going to win you many ballgames. It’s also going to overtax te bullpen.
We all know Felix Hernandez will show up against the Blue Jays.
But then, what happens if Jarrod Washburn, as expected, gets dealt? Who is going to deliver the innings.
Could make for an ugly final two months when it comes to the Mariners being able to get through games on the mound. Vargas hadn’t really dazzled anyone down in Class AAA but was called back up because he was seen as the lesser of two evils with Brandon Morrow when it came to being ready to work a major league game.
Morrow is still having issues and looks to remain in AAA for a while. It’s possible he’s played his final Mariners game and is about to get traded.
So, who does that leave? Well, there’s Hernandez and Ryan Rowland-Smith. Also Garrett Olson, I suppose, though he was banished to the bullpen because he couldn’t make it out of the first inning in Detroit.
Not that this should preclude the Mariners from making a good deal involving Washburn. Just saying that these next two or three weeks could be an adventure of sorts on the mound for Seattle with Hernandez about the only guy the team can count on to deliver the minimum five frames. I won’t cast my lot with Rowland-Smith just yet until I see him at least start two games in a row without interruption. Remember, innings were an issue for him at AAA throughout much of his rehab stint.
As far as offense goes, it’s non-existant. That’s nine runs scored by the Mariners over their last five games. Somehow, the team is only 2-3 instead of 0-5. Seattle scored two in the first inning today, then went quietly from there until a meaningless flurry in the ninth, Only four hits after that first inning, one of them by newcomer Michael Saunders, whose line drive popped out of a lunging outfielder’s glove. He later notched a second hit in the ninth and his first RBI. Good for him, but an ugly day by his team.
With the pitching bound to get worse if Washburn leaves, we could see plenty more games and entire series like this one before the 2009 campaign is done.

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